Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Victory for Dylan Pereira and BWT Lechner Racing at Spielberg
Dylan Pereira secured a dominant win for BWT Lechner Racing at the Red Bull Ring, ahead of Ayhancan Güven and Larry Ten Voorde, two highly rated championship contenders. With his third career win in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Pereira also took the championship lead after having finished runner-up already in last week´s race. With three cars within the Top Five, the Lechner teams once more delivered a strong performance on their Austrian home track at Spielberg.
Pereira started from P3, but already gained one place at the start, and then took over the lead from Güven on lap 2, even with his Turkish rival defending quite hard and pushing him into the grass. “I was glad I was still able to control the car and get by”, said the 23-year-old from Luxembourg. “But from then on, I could manage the race quite nicely, extending my lead consistently to quite a safe gap. The car was great today, big thanks to Walter and the whole team! Of course it´s a great feeling to be on the top step of the podium again and leading the Supercup championship for the first time in my career.”
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Jaxon Evans, winner of the first Supercup race 2020 last week, managed to do some damage control after having to start from P8 after a difficult start into the weekend: “I was able to make up a few positions in the opening laps, establish myself in P5 and put in some decent lap-times. But the Top 4 were already out of reach then. But for sure I hope that next week in Hungary, I can start the race weekend on the right foot from the beginning and be back in the podium. Congrats to Dylan and the team, he was very, very, strong and really set the benchmark today!”
Leon Köhler in the MSG Porsche of Team Lechner Racing Middle East started from the front row, but lost a few positions in the opening lap: “There was quite some chaos going on, and in situations like this, for sure I am still lacking a bit of experience compared to some of my rivals.” The 20-year old German dropped back to P5, and when he finally got by Marvin Klein again to chase the leaders, the gap was already quite big. Setting some really fast lap-times, he was still able to close in on Ten Voorde in the last laps, “but it was too late to try a serious attack without taking too much risk. But in general I am not unhappy with my performance and P4 – now let´s see what I can do at the Hungaroring,” said Köhler, who also won the rookie class again.
His teammate JB Simmenauer suffered from his rather low tenth position in the grid, but was at least able to make up two positions, overtaking Max van Splunteren on the penultimate lap in a nice manoeuvre, securing at least some valuable points for the team with P8. Julian Hanses, who will drive the third Lechner Racing Middle East car also next week in Hungary, was on his way up to P8, when he was pushed into the grass in the close midfield action, lost a few positions and had to be content with P12.
Austrian team principal Walter Lechner was happy about the second win in a row for BWT Lechner Racing: “Dylan drove a really impressive race today, it was a perfect performance without the slightest mistake. Leon also confirmed his talent with another strong race, he proved he really is already at the level of the top guys. But it was obvious today that the competition we face is really strong, so we have to perform at our highest level next weekend in Hungary if we want to continue our winning streak.”